Joining the faculty in 1995, Sheri Matascik is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She attended school at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and a Master of Music degree in music theory and composition. A one-semester fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh followed, where Matascik worked with student composers on modular synthesis and multi-track tape recording. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in music theory and composition at Kent State University. While there, Matascik was honored with a graduate student teaching award. Her thesis included a work for alto voice and chamber ensemble, a setting of the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" as well as a traditional written dissertation in music theory. For this, Matascik studied aural skills pedagogy in America in the first third of the 20th century through an examination of books on the topic. She also minored in ethnomusicology at Kent, having the opportunity to work with noted ethnomusicologist, Dr. Terry Miller.
Professionally, Matascik's interests include music composition, theory and aural skills pedagogy as well as fingerstyle guitar performance. Recently, Matascik has begun studies in human-technology interaction, too. Her first year seminar, "FYS110: Ukulele U." helps students learn concepts such as critical thinking and study skills as well as skill learning (through ukulele practice), two types of learning necessary for success in college. Here's a video on the class from local TV station, WBIR.
She is a long time teacher and practitioner of taiji, the ancient Chinese art of slow, mindful movement with a wealth of health benefits. She is also interested in the human-canine bond and dog welfare in general. She taught a senior seminar course with a service-learning component called "The World of Woof-Perspectives on Dogs" from 2012-2015. As a composer, Matascik has written many works for chamber groups, synthesizer, and guitar, among other instruments and ensembles. She is currently writing and performing music for solo fingerstyle guitar. Matascik has recorded two commercial CDs since 2009, "At the End of the Day" (2009) and "Spirit Wood" (2011). Matascik's latest project involves ukulele and guitar tunes, with a new CD due out in March 2018.
Matascik has served as a member, Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of college environmental committees, serving as Chair of the Campus Sustainability Group 2014-2018. She is has also served on the Health Insurance Advisory Committee for two years.
Current courses taught:
- First Year Seminar 110
- Music Theory I-IV
- Aural Skills I-IV
- Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar, music theory, and music composition lessons
- Music 140, a music appreciation course
- Senior Study 351-352
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology
- Analytical Techniques
- Music Theory Pedagogy
Past courses taught:
- Senior Seminar 480 ("Creativity") ("Music and Culture") ("The World of Woof: Perspectives on Dogs")
- Freshman Seminar 120, 130, and 140 (Perspectives on the Individual, Environment, and Communities)
- Fine Arts 140 and 340
- January Term Courses: Creativity, Perspectives on Race, FNA 140
- Philosophy of Music
- T'ai Chi I-IV